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Hitman: Blood Money

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Killer stealth action that's only for adults.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The hero is a hitman. Police can be bribed.

Violence

Lots of graphic murder. Shootings, stabbings, and explosives are just the beginning. Lots of creative killing with an assortment of weapons, from barbells to garroting wire.

Sex

Women are often presented in bikinis or other partial dress. Sexually suggestive situations, innuendo, and pornography figure into the plot.

Language

Rarely excessive, but players will hear swearing ("f--k") and racial name-calling ("cracker").

Consumerism

Part of a series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking figure into the background in many levels. The narrative sometimes includes drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game puts players in control of a hit man in a seedy world occupied by drug dealers, prostitutes, murderers, pornographers, mobsters, etc. The name of the game is murder, including lots of violence, such as shootings, strangulations, and immolations. The game does encourage players to spare innocents and keep the mayhem low. Still, the game features plenty of other adult material, including swearing, sexual themes, drinking and drug use, and story elements like child prostitution.

What's it about?

In HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY, fourth installment in the Hitman series, players again assume the role of a cloned human named 47, an amoral gun-for-hire. Not only is he the hunter, but he's also the hunted, and players follow his adventures through a twisting plot filled with black humor as they discover who wants 47 dead. Across a dozen missions, players kill for money, stalking their prey through a variety of settings, from a Paris opera house to casinos in Las Vegas. The game is best enjoyed as a series of stealth puzzles: The highest achievements come to players who set up their kills to look like accidents, minimizing casualties and staying under the radar of the authorities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Mature players will find HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY to be a smart, consistently satisfying puzzler in action-game form. The excellence of the game lies in the level design. Each mission takes place in large environments populated by scores of characters, with multiple paths to the objective. The downside of this style of gameplay is that some levels take a lot of trial-and-error replaying.

The appeal of Blood Money rests on proven stealth dynamics and a solid, cinematic presentation. This is a prize pick for adult fans of the genre who don't mind the gritty subject matter.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's adult themes. Why do you think people like to play games that are so violent? Are violent games always bad for people, or can they be a safe fantasy? Parents: You might want to prepare yourself first by reading our report Violent Video Games and Our Kids.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Eidos Interactive
Release date:July 10, 2006
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Intense Violence

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Adult Written byJim H. April 9, 2008

Not as excessive as the rating says

Aside from the variety of deaths you may inflict with the large array of weapons, I do not see the other "rating reasons" as much of an issue. In the way of language there are 2 F***s and and a handful of S***s. I do not consider this game to have any nudity, unless you consider women in bikinis and skimpy clothing "in the nude". As for the drugs you have poison which you can use to cause immediate death and poison gas grenades. As I see it, as long as violence and some language does not bother you, this game is OK.
Parent Written byTheOneThatKnows March 3, 2014
This game is very good and I recommend it. It has no stupid content in it like GTA 5 or saints row 3. You can turn of graphic content.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Teen, 17 years old Written bySnakeFart August 3, 2012

Still good for mature games

Hitman has always been a great thinking game, ignore the idiot above relating it to the movie, the movie was crap. while this game IS NOT FOR KIDS it is still great for mature gamers. while there is no gore there is still much blood. in the first level you enter a building where a man is about to set an innocent lawyer to fire unless you kill him (with the option of killing the lawyer too)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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